Table Tennis: U-18 world No.1 Koen Pang keen to make senior mark

U-18 world No. 1 eyes breakthroughs at SEA Games and major tournaments

Koen Pang, 17, has been training full-time after taking a year-long leave of absence from the Singapore Sports School since his promotion to the national senior team in January. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT
Koen Pang, 17, has been training full-time after taking a year-long leave of absence from the Singapore Sports School since his promotion to the national senior team in January. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT
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Koen Pang, still perspiring and short of breath 40 minutes after a training session, would like you to know that table tennis is more taxing than you think.

To most questions, the 17-year-old pauses before answering, but his response when asked to name a common misconception of his sport, comes almost immediately: "That table tennis is not tiring".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2019, with the headline Table Tennis: U-18 world No.1 Koen Pang keen to make senior mark. Subscribe